I’m stepping up to fight the stigma that surrounds mental health, show support to those who need it the most and make facilities more readily available to those in need.
Since 2015, I've been an avid participant in the CAMH #OneBraveNight fundraiser. This year, I'm particularly excited that CAMH approached me to be a brand ambassador for this year's event. And while I'm personally terrified to share my story with the world, I'm hopeful that my experiences will help to spark hope in someone else's rather cloudy world. So, here's my story...
The emotional backlash of loss and abandonment haunted the darkest corners of my mind from a young age. Unfortunate circumstances and negative relationships further chipped away at my self worth and before I knew it, authentic happiness was a mere mystery. In fact, in the Fall of 2010, anyone on the outside looking in at my life would've thought that I was on top of the world, especially with my latest single quickly climbing the charts. However, in reality, I'd hit rock bottom, lost all hope and no longer found life worth living. I was ready to succumb to my darkest sorrow and never face another day. Yet with a strong support system, I seeked professional help and weathered through my personal storm. Fast forward to present day and, while I still encounter tough times, I've worked hard to develop coping skills that help me to persevere. I'm no longer afraid or ashamed to seek help when I need it and I continue to put my mental health first. For anyone who is drowning, lost in their own shadow, please keep my mantra close at heart: YOU are not alone. YOU are good enough. YOU are worth it. YOU MATTER!
Just because you can't see someone's pain doesn't mean they aren't hurting. Imagine being in the worst of pain, but you can't escape it because you can't escape yourself. There are good days and there are really bad days, but you're taught this coping mechanism so that you don't make other people feel uncomfortable. Meanwhile, you continue to hurt inside. Most often, people dealing with mental health challenges aren't looking for you to fix them or to solve their problems, but actually what they need the most is your SUPPORT and your ACCEPTANCE. It’s important to let people know that they aren’t alone in their fight and give them hope to persevere and love themselves.
1 in 5 Canadians are dealing with their own mental health challenge and often suffer in silence. Be their voice and let them know that they are not alone.
This is our chance to step up! Please donate generously and help me reach my fundraising goal.